Special Guest Appearances by:
• Buzz Aldrin • Joe Weider • Ambassador Alan Keyes • U.S. Congressman Steve Stockman
• Senator Bob Kerrey • Senator John McCain • Senator Paul Simon • Dr. Bill Bright
• Major General John Singlaub • Dr. D. J. Kennedy • Vonette Bright
• Rev. Peter Marshal • Dr. David Noebel • David Barton
“America: A Call to Greatness, provides the best explanation for the spirit of American that’s ever been given. Frankly, this film truly embodies the spirit of America in a way no other picture has ever done.”
– Dorian Harewood comments on America: A Call to Greatness
Buzz Aldrin was one of two astronauts who piloted Apollo to the first landing on the moon in 1969. He became the second person to ever set foot on the lunar surface following astronaut, Neil Armstrong. He also became the first person to take communion at any location other than the moon. Armstrong writes: “I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements.”
The nickname "Buzz" originated in childhood: the younger of his two elder sisters mispronounced "brother" as "buzzer", and this was shortened to Buzz. After graduating from Montclair High School in 1946, Aldrin turned down a full scholarship offer from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and instead went to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduating third in his class in 1951.
As a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, Buzz Aldrin served as a jet fighter pilot during the Korean War. He flew 66 combat missions in F-86 Sabres and shot down two Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 aircraft. Aldrin then earned his Sc.D. degree in Astronautics from MIT. On completion of his doctorate, he was assigned to the Gemini Target Office of the Air Force Space Systems Division in Los Angeles, and finally to the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
Since retiring from NASA, he has continued to promote space exploration, including producing a computer strategy game called Buzz Aldrin's Race Into Space (1993). To further promote space exploration, and to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing, Buzz teamed up with Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Talib Kweli, and Soulja Boy to create the rap single and video, "Rocket Experience". Proceeds from video and song sales will benefit Buzz's non-profit foundation, ShareSpace.
In 2006, the Space Foundation awarded Aldrin its highest honor, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award, which is presented annually to recognize outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through lifetime contributions to the welfare or betterment of humankind through the exploration, development and use of space, or the use of space technology, information, themes or resources in academic, cultural, industrial or other pursuits of broad benefit to humanity.
For contributions to the television industry, Buzz Aldrin has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood and Vine.
Joe Weider is a pioneer of the modern health and fitness movement, having brought strength, fitness and healthy living to the public’s consciousness around the globe for the last 70 years. He is called the modern father of bodybuilding, and for good reason. He's best known for his Weider Training Principles, which set the standard for techniques and research in how to build a strong, muscular body. He cofounded the International Federation of Body Builders (IFBB) along with his brother Ben Weider and was the creator of the Mr. Olympia, Ms. Olympia and the Masters Olympia bodybuilding contests. Joe is the publisher of several bodybuilding and fitness related magazines, most notably Muscle & Fitness, Flex, Men's Fitness and Shape and is the manufacturer of a line of fitness equipment and fitness supplements.
Mr. Weider became the undisputed leader of the modern body building movement. However, he began as a scrawny, poor, Jewish boy in Montreal, Canada with a 7th grade education. At age 17 with only $7 in his pocket, Joe started his bodybuilding and publishing empire after building his own barbells out of junked car wheels and axles. He published the first issue of Your Physique magazine in 1936. Thirty years later the publication was renamed Muscle Builder magazine and then to Muscle & Fitness in 1980. Other magazines published by his publishing empire include Mr. America, Muscle Power, Shape, Men's Fitness, Living Fit, Prime Health and Fitness, Fit Pregnancy, Natural Health, Cooks, Senior Golfer, and Flex.
Mr. Weider penned many books, articles and numerous training courses over his lifetime. He co-wrote the 2006 biography Brothers Of Iron with Ben Weider and was named Publisher of the Year by The Periodical and Book Association in 1983. In the late 1990s, his publication company Weider Publications, was sold to American Media.
He met and later married the very beautiful Betty Brosmer, who in the 1950s was the highest paid pin-up model in the U. S.
On Labor Day 2006 California Governor and former multi Mr. Olympia winner Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Weider protégé, presented him with the Venice Muscle Beach Hall of Fame's Lifetime Achievement award. During Weider's introduction, Schwarzenegger credited Weider for inspiring him and bringing him to the United States.
Then in 2009, representing a broad sweep of accomplishments, Joe Weider was inducted into the California Hall of Fame along with film maker George Lucas and Air Force test pilot General Chuck Yeager.
Nathan Kline, industrialist and military hero whose expertise and success spans decades and continents. He was only eighteen when he enlisted in the Army in 1942. After months of training, he was assigned to the 323rd Bomb Group of the 9th Air Force as a bombardier/navigator on a B-23. From March 44 to Apr 45 he flew over 65 bombing missions as a bombardier/navigator in the European Theater of Operations. Kline took part in the D-Day landing, with subsequent missions taking him to Reims, Chartres, and the Belgian border and, in May 1945, Valenciennes.
Nathan’s plane was hit twice during the battle of the Ardennes. Without abandoning his position, he continued bombing his target until the action was successful. For this action, which was decisive to the outcome of the battle, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Mr. Kline is the consummate business advisor, being on the board of the Allentown Economic Development Corp. and the City of Allentown Real Estate Development Corp. He is known and respected by professional and philanthropic organizations worldwide. Originally a small business entrepreneur in Allentown and Harrisburg, Nathan rapidly expanded into other businesses across the United States. As a principal in Duntex Development Corporation, Kline supervised the construction of Houston’s famous Galleria View condos and as President of Raetex Development Corporation, built Houston’s 165,000 square foot West Side Petroleum Club offices. He also developed the first acid recovery plant in the US, demonstrating that recycling can be profitable. As a result, this plant became a national demonstration model for the EPA.
Kline coordinated many multifaceted projects in Pennsylvania involving professional and medical office buildings, GSA leases, and the reorganization of diverse companies, including concrete products and chemical manufacturing. Today, he is 84 but still active and living in Macungie, Pa.
In 2009 Nathan Kline was honored by receiving France’s highest award during a special ceremony in Paris commemorating the 65th anniversary of D-Day. He became one of the rare foreign soldiers to receive the French Legion of Honor.
AMBASSADOR ALAN KEYES
Dr. Alan Lee Keyes is an American author and former diplomat, and political candidate for public office. He ran for President of the United States in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2008, and was a Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1988, 1992, and 2004. Dr. Keyes served in the U.S. Foreign Service, was appointed Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations under President Ronald Reagan, and served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 1985 to 1987.
A year before completing his doctoral studies, Keyes joined the United States Department of State and in 1979, was assigned to the consulate in Mumbai, India. The following year, Keyes was sent to serve at the embassy in Zimbabwe.
In 1981 Keyes settled in Washington, D.C. as a member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff. In 1983 President Ronald Reagan appointed Keyes to the United Nations with the full rank of ambassador. He continued as ambassador to the UN until 1985, when he was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, a position he held until 1987. He also served on the staff of the National Security Council.
Following government service, Ambassador Keyes was President of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) from 1989 to 1991, and founded CAGW's National Taxpayers' Action Day. In 1991, he served as Interim President of Alabama A&M University, in Huntsville, Alabama.
Keyes serves on the board of advisors for the Catholic League, a non-profit, Roman Catholic, advocacy group headed by William A. Donohue. He is also on the advisory boards of Eagle Forum, the American Life League, Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, and the American Coalition of Life Activists. He is involved in the promotion of the Constitution Party's Save America Summit, the Christian Exodus separatist movement, and evangelists Wiley Drake and Flip Benham.
CONGRESSMAN STEVE STOCKMAN
Congressman Steve Stockman is a Republican politician who represented Texas's 9th Congressional District during the late 1990s. In 1992, Stockman ran as a Republican for the House of Representatives against Jack Brooks. He was unsuccessful in this attempt, though he unseated the 42-year incumbent and then chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in 1994.
During Stockman's time in Congress, the district represented Chambers, Galveston, Jefferson, and part of Harris counties, including part of metropolitan Houston.
A conservative, he was a faculty member at, and later worked for, the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia. He has also been involved with the Young Conservatives of Texas, and has represented Republicans at International Democrat Union meetings.
During Stockman's term, he sponsored 22 bills or resolutions and cosponsored 241. Notable sponsored bills in the 104th Congress included a successful bill authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Washington for the Jesus 1996 prayer rally. He also cosponsored several successful bills that led to improvement of law enforcement and enhancement of industrial safety and training. In 1996, Steve was selected to appear in Thomas Nelson Publishers’ edition of Profiles in Character: The Values that Made America.
Steve Stockman was a faculty member at, and later worked for, the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia.
SENATOR BOB KERREY
Senator Bob Kerrey is a Medal of Honor winner and a former governor and United States senator from Nebraska. He has the reputation of being fiercely independent and unpredictable. A Democrat, he once called President Clinton "an unusually good liar." In 1993, holding the crucial vote on a budget bill, he wandered out of the Senate chamber and went to the movies (to see "What's Love Got to Do With It?" about Tina Turner).
Soon after graduating college, Kerrey enlisted in the Navy. He was trained as an officer and inducted into the elite Navy SEALS Special Forces unit and sent to Vietnam. Before long, Kerrey earned the Bronze Star for combat action that would later prove controversial because it involved civilian casualties. Soon after that, he found himself in a fierce gun battle in which he single-handedly saved the men in his unit and defeated the enemy, but suffered the loss of his lower leg. Those actions earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor"…for conspicuous gallantry."
In 1982, after a decade building up a successful chain of restaurants and fitness centers in Nebraska, Kerrey decided to try his hand at politics. He ran for Nebraska state governor and was elected. In spite of his achievements as governor -- he balanced the budget, and saw the state through the after-effects of a calamitous tornado -- Kerrey chose to return to private life rather than seek a second term.
But his plans changed in 1987, when the senior U.S. Senator from Nebraska died, and Democratic Party officials urged Kerrey to run for the seat. He did, and he won.
In 2001, Kerrey left the Senate to take the job of president of the New School in New York. Twenty-five percent of the university's students are foreign-born. Since becoming its president in 2001, Kerrey has brought a global perspective to the university's curriculum Under Kerrey's guidance, the New School formed the India China Institute, and launched graduate programs in Global English and Global Finance. His leadership of the New School has been one more success in a remarkable life devoted to learning and public service.
SENATOR JOHN McCAIN
Senator John Sidney McCain III, the senior United States Senator from Arizona has demonstrated a remarkable record of leadership and experience that embodies a steadfast and enduring dedication to public service.
John attended college at the United States Naval Academy, and launched a 22-year career as a naval aviator upon his graduation.
McCain followed his father and grandfather, both four-star admirals, into the United States Navy. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958 – John became a naval aviator, flying ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers. During the Vietnam War, he nearly lost his life in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. In October 1967, while on a bombing mission over Hanoi, he was shot down, badly injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. He was a prisoner of war until 1973. McCain experienced episodes of torture, and refused an out-of-sequence early repatriation offer. His war wounds left him with lifelong physical limitations.
McCain retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981, moved to Arizona, and entered politics. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, he served two terms, and was then elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986, winning re-election easily in 1992, 1998, and 2004. While generally adhering to conservative principles, McCain at times has had a media reputation as a "maverick" for his willingness to disagree with his party on certain issues. Senator McCain is well known for his work towards restoring diplomatic relations with Vietnam in the 1990s, and for his belief that the war in Iraq should be fought to a successful conclusion. McCain has chaired the Senate Commerce Committee, has opposed spending that he considered to be pork barrel, and played a key role in alleviating a crisis over judicial nominations.
Senator McCain became the Republican nominee for president in the 2008 United States election, but lost to Democratic candidate Barack Obama in the general election. He currently serves on the following Senate Committees during the 111th Congress: Ranking Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee; Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Committee on Indian Affairs.
SENATOR PAUL SIMON
Senator Paul Martin Simon was an American politician from Illinois. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1985 and United States Senate from 1985 to 1997. During his career, he was noted for his distinctive appearance that included a bowtie and horn-rimmed glasses. He later served as director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Carbondale, starting in 1997. There, he taught classes on politics, history and journalism.
In 1948, Simon borrowed $3,600 to take over the defunct Troy Call newspaper in 1948, becoming the nations' youngest editor-publisher of the renamed Troy Tribune in Troy, Madison County, Illinois, eventually building a chain of 14 weeklies. His activism against gambling, prostitution, and government corruption while at the Troy Tribune forced the newly elected governor, Adlai Stevenson, to take a stand on these issues, creating national exposure for Simon that later resulted in his testifying before the Kefauver Commission.
Simon served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953, becoming an intelligence officer. Upon his discharge, he began his political career, serving in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1955 to 1963. He was a prolific author. He came to national prominence in the 1960s, due in part to his well-researched book, Lincoln's Preparation for Greatness: The Illinois Legislative Years. His last book, Our Culture of Pandering, was published in October 2003 and was very well received by the public.
Simon was one of the youngest elected state legislators in Illinois history (at 26 he was only a year older than Abraham Lincoln had been when he entered the state legislature). He moved to the Illinois State Senate in 1963, serving there until 1968. Then, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 1968 and served from 1969 to 1973. Later, Simon became an adjunct professor at Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois in 1973. He resumed his political career and was elected as a Democrat to the 94th Congress in 1974 and was reelected to the four succeeding Congresses. He then ran and was elected to the United States Senate in 1984.
Senator Simon won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 1990 but did not seek reelection in 1996. He spent his career denouncing racism, supporting women's rights, and encouraging equality for racial and ethnic minorities. He was a fiscal conservative who described himself as "a pay-as-you-go Democrat." He fiercely took a stand against obscenity and violence in the media in the 1990s. His efforts against media violence partly led to the adoption of V-chip.
After his retirement from politics, he continued to play a role in public life by writing books, and through the SIU Public Policy Institute, which was named for him after his death. He died in Springfield, Illinois at the age of 75 in 2003.
MAJOR GENERAL JOHN SINGLAUB
Major General John Kirk Singlaub is a highly decorated former OSS officer and a retired Major General in the United States Army, and a founding member of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He was a contributing author to several books and the author of his autobiography together with numerous articles for magazines and journals.
As a member of the distinguished Operation Jedburgh (he was part of the original three man team), Singlaub parachuted behind German lines in August of 1944 to work with the French Resistance fighters or Maquis groups that had swelled the resistance ranks after the D-Day invasion during World War II.
He headed CIA operations in postwar Manchuria during the Chinese Communist revolution, led troops in the Korean War, managed the secret war along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam, and worked with the Contras in Nicaragua. Active for 40 years in overt and covert operations, General Singlaub had private and secret interviews with many military and government leaders worldwide and personally knew most of the world leaders of the time.
In 1977, while Singlaub was chief of staff of U.S. forces in South Korea, he criticized President Jimmy Carter's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the Korean peninsula fearing it would lead to a rise in power in North Korea. On March 21, 1977, Carter relieved him of duty for overstepping his bounds and failing to respect the President's authority as Commander-in-Chief. In later years, most historians have considered Singlaub’s criticism as correct.
U.S. Army General William Westmoreland described Singlaub as a "true military professional" and "a man of honest, patriotic conviction and courage." Congressman Henry J. Hyde (Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence Committees), depicted Singlaub as "a brave man, a thorough patriot, and a keen observer"; someone who had been "in the center of almost every controversial military action since World War II."
During his military service, General Singlaub was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf clusters, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf cluster, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Purple Heart. His foreign decorations include the French Croix de Guerre with Palm and Bronze Star devices, British Mention in Despatches oak leaf, as well as decorations from China, the Netherlands, and the Republic of Vietnam.
DR. D. JAMES KENNEDY
Dr. Dennis James Kennedy, better known as D. James Kennedy to his worldwide congregation, was an American ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, a mega-church pastor, and founder of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was senior pastor from 1960 until his death in 2007. Kennedy also founded the Westminster Academy in Ft. Lauderdale, the Knox Theological Seminary, and the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ.
Kennedy entered the ministry in December of 1955. The following year, Kennedy entered Columbia Theological Seminary, receiving a Master of Divinity degree. After his ordination in 1959, Kennedy became the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, where he remained until his death. In the 1970s he earned a Master of Theology summa cum laude from the Chicago Graduate School of Theology, and in 1979 a doctorate in religious education from New York University.
Kennedy began the Coral Ridge Ministries in 1974, which produced his weekly religious television program, The Coral Ridge Hour, carried on various networks and syndicated on numerous other stations. At its peak had a weekly audience of 3.5 million viewers and was aired on more than 400 stations and four cable networks, including the Trinity Broadcasting Network, The Inspiration Network (INSP) and the NRB Network, as well as broadcast to more than 150 countries on the Armed Forces Network. By the 1980s, the church's membership had grown to almost 10,000 persons. As of 2009, the church has 2,200 members and weekly attendance averages 1,800 persons. During his lifetime, Coral Ridge Ministries grew to a US$37-million-a-year non-profit corporation with an audience of 3.5 million.
Dr. Kennedy wrote and coauthored several political works such as What if America Were a Christian Nation Again? and The Rewriting of America's History, arguing that the United States was founded as a Christian nation. His theological works include Why I Believe, What If Jesus Had Never Been Born, Skeptics Answered, and Truths That Transform.
In 2006, the National Religious Broadcasters association inducted Kennedy into its Hall of Fame. As a result of a heart attack from which he never fully recovered, Kennedy last preached at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church later that year, on December 24, 2006. His retirement was officially announced at the church on August 26, 2007, and he died in his home ten days later.
DR. BILL BRIGHT
William R. "Bill" Bright was an American evangelist and the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. He graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma with an Economics degree. While in his early 20s he moved to Los Angeles, California and founded a company called Bright's California Confections.
In 1944, while attending the First Presbyterian Church, Hollywood, Bright became a Christian. He immediately began intensive Biblical studies, which led him to graduate studies at Princeton and Fuller Theological Seminaries. It was while he was a student at Fuller that he felt what he regarded as the call of God to help fulfill Christ's Great Commission by sharing his faith, beginning with students at UCLA. This gave birth to the Campus Crusade for Christ movement.
During the decades to follow, Bill Bright and his wife, Vonette, remained faithful to the work they were doing, and the ministry expanded greatly. As the world’s largest Christian ministry,Campus Crusade for Christ serves people in 191 countries through a staff of 26,000 full-time employees and more than 225,000 trained volunteers working in some 60 niche ministries and projects ranging from military ministry to inner city ministry.
Bright held five honorary doctorate degrees: a Doctor of Laws from the Jeonbug National University of Korea, a Doctor of Divinity from John Brown University, a Doctor of Letters from Houghton Seminary, a Doctor of Divinity from the Los Angeles Bible College and Seminary, and a Doctor of Laws from Pepperdine University.
During his life, Dr. Bright wrote more than 100 books and booklets, and thousands of articles and pamphlets that have been distributed in most major languages by the millions. He was a signer of the document Evangelicals and Catholics Together. In 1983, he chaired the National Committee for the National Year of the Bible. He was named the 1996 recipient of the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, worth more than $1 million. He donated all of his prize money to causes promoting the spiritual benefits of fasting and prayer.
In 1979, Bright commissioned the JESUS film, a feature-length documentary on the life of Christ, which has since been viewed by more than 5.1 billion people in 234 countries and has become the most widely viewed, as well as most widely translated, film in history (786 languages).
Bright was a co-founder of the Alliance Defense Fund which funds high profile litigation cases on behalf of Christians' First Amendment rights.
The Rev. Billy Graham released a statement on Bright's death: "He has carried a burden on his heart as few men that I've ever known - a burden for the evangelization of the world. He is a man whose sincerity and integrity and devotion to our Lord have been an inspiration and a blessing to me ever since the early days of my ministry."
Women Today was launched in 1993 under the direction of Vonette Bright, co-founder with husband, Dr. Bill Bright, of Campus Crusade for Christ International. With an emphasis on practical spiritual insight, her daily one-minute feature encourages women to live fully for Christ, impacting the world in which they live and serve.
Mrs. Bright earned her BA in home economics from Texas Women's University and did graduate work in the field of education at the University of Southern California. She taught in Los Angeles Schools before joining Bill full-time in Campus Crusade.
Concerned for the moral and spiritual values of our nation and the world, Vonette founded the Great Commission Prayer Crusade in 1972. This later became a ministry of Campus Crusade. Her deep commitment to prayer also led to the formation of the National Prayer Committee, a group of leaders who seek to motivate other Christians to unite in prayer for spiritual awakening.
In 1988, as Chair of the National Day of Prayer, Vonette was successful in introducing this concept into legislation that was unanimously approved by both houses of Congress to make the first Thursday of every May a permanent date for the National Day of Prayer.
Among her other work, Mrs. Bright has co-authored (with Nancy Moser) the Sister Circle Series with its accompanying studies, and is well-known for The Joy of Hospitality, co-authored with Barbara Ball, which includes a supplementary cookbook. Mrs. Bright also wrote The Woman Within, a practical application of the Holy Spirit.
She has received considerable recognition including the Mark O. Hatfield Leadership Award in 2008 and the National Religious Broadcasters, Board of Directors Award in 2006.
REVEREND PETER MARSHAL
The Rev. Peter Marshall is a Presbyterian minister who for over forty years gained national recognition as a preacher on Christian growth and discipleship, and as a teacher and writer on America's Christian heritage. Because he strongly believes that the United States is in moral and spiritual crisis and that the only hope for restoration is revival, his increasingly prophetic ministry focuses on two major themes.
First, there is the urgent necessity of recovering the original American vision, and the truth about our Christian heritage. How can we restore America if we don't know who we are?
Second, he strongly emphasizes the importance of putting 2nd Chronicles 7:14 into practice: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land."
Son of the late Dr. Peter Marshall and author Catherine Marshall, he graduated from Yale University and Princeton Seminary, and then served as pastor for twelve years. Since 1977 he has devoted himself to a continent-wide ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. He has co-authored three best-selling books about God's call on America and His hand on our history — The Light and The Glory, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Sounding Forth the Trumpet. He lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
DR. DAVID NOEBEL
Dr. David A. Noebel, is an American religious leader, an ordained minister and the current director of Summit Ministries, in Manitou Springs, Colorado in the United States. Since the 1960s, he has written widely on the relationship between religion and popular culture, and is an outspoken critic of secular humanism, which he describes as unscientific and a religion. He was a member of the Council for National Policy beginning in 1984, and a candidate for Congress against Rep. Robert Kastenmeier, and was a former Associate Evangelist of Billy James Hargis's Christian Crusade.
In 1962 he founded Summit Ministries, a Christian leadership training organization designed as an educational Christian ministry whose very existence is a response to our current post-Christian culture. He believes that today, countless Christian youth have fallen victim to the popular ideas of our modern world, and that most have adopted these ideas into their own worldview, while still others go on to renounce their Christian faith altogether.
Dr. Noebel also serves as editor of the Summit Ministries’ publication The Journal, a monthly review of the news. He travels worldwide lecturing in high schools, universities, and churches. He is a member of the Council for National Policy, the National Association of Scholars, the American Philosophical Association, and the Society of Christian Philosophers. Noebel is also listed in Who's Who in Religion and Who's Who in Christian Leadership.
Noebel has been a guest on numerous national radio and television programs, including The 700 Club, Focus on the Family, Truths that Transform, Point of View, Today's Issues, the Moody Broadcasting Network, the AFA Network, and The Josh McDowell Program.
Noebel has authored many books, including Understanding the Times: The Religious Worldviews of Our Day and the Search for Truth, a landmark guide to understanding the ideas and forces that are shaping our times. It is currently used, in either its unabridged or abridged formats, in over one thousand Christian high schools, churches and colleges. Noebel has also authored or co-authored numerous other books and articles, including Clergy in the Classroom: The Religion of Secular Humanism (with J.F. Baldwin and Kevin Bywater); The Marxist Minstrels;Communism, Hypnotism and the Beatles; Rhythm, Riots and Revolution; The Beatles: A Study in Drugs, Sex and Revolution; The Homosexual Revolution; The Legacy of John Lennon; The Slaughter of the Innocent; War, Peace and the Nuclear Freeze: A Balanced Christian View; AIDS: A Special Report and The Battle for Truth. Noebel's most recent works: The New York TimesBest Seller Mind Siege with Tim LaHaye, and The Battle for Truth.
David Barton is a best-selling author, former teacher, ordained minister, and political activist. He is the author of many successful books criticizing the current interpretation of separation of church and state in the United States. He was described in a 2005 Time magazine article as "a major voice in the debate over church-state separation."
After graduating from college, Barton served as a church youth director. He taught math and science, and eventually became principal at Aledo Christian School, which (in 1981) grew out of Aledo Christian Center, a church started by his parents.
In 1987 Barton formed Specialty Research Associates, which "focuses on the historical research of issues relating to America’s constitutional, moral, and religious heritage." Specialty Research Associates has submitted amicus curiae briefs in a number of court cases.
Barton is the founder and president of WallBuilders, a national organization that presents America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional heritage.
David is the author of numerous best-selling books, with the subjects being drawn largely from his massive library of tens of thousands of original writings from the Founding Era. He also addresses well over 400 groups each year. His exhaustive research has rendered him an expert in historical and constitutional issues and he serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators. He has participated in several cases at the Supreme Court and was involved in the development of the History/Social Studies standards for states such as Texas and California. In addition, he has helped produce a sizable number of history textbooks now used in schools across the nation.
Barton serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, publisher of a Bible curriculum for use in public schools. He has received numerous national and international awards, including Who's Who in Education and DAR's highest award, the George Washington Honor Medal. His work in media has merited several Angel Awards, Telly Awards, and the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval. In 2005, he was named in a Time Magazine cover story as one of the 25 most influential Evangelical leaders in America. In addition to appearing on Trinity Broadcasting Network and The 700 Club, Barton has been a guest on Fox News Channel, ABC, and National Public Radio